At Borsa Vini Italiani 2019, happening on 19 November 2019, sample a wide and diverse selection of fine wines that Italy has to offer. Around 200 wines from more than 29 producers have been selected to showcase the passion, expertise and heritage behind Italian wine culture. In this second instalment, we introduce producers from the southern growing regions of mainland Italy.
Not only is the region’s mountainous terrain picturesque, it is also ideal for grape growing. Growers here favour the native Montepulciano grape, which produces a full-bodied and robust red wine that can be aged or enjoyed young; and Trebbiano, which makes crisp white wines of subtle aroma and flavour. Recently revived white varieties of Passerine and Pecorino and gaining popularity.
At Borsa Vini: Aprulia Taste SRLS
Aprulia Taste’s name is an amalgamation of the ancient names of the regions Aprutium (Abruzzo) and Apulia (Puglia), from which Aprulia Taste sources their products. Only the finest wine, craft beer, and extra virgin olive oil from boutique artisanal producers that distinctly represent the regions make the cut.
At Borsa Vini: Novaripa
Founded in 1969 by 20 growers, Novaripa is a union that now consist of 400 farmers. Novapira’s 700 hectares of vineyard benefits from the cool temperatures from the mountains, the sea breeze and a diverse terrain ranging from mineral to medium-textured to sandy soil. Apart from indigenous grapes, classic grape varietals like Chardonnay and Viognier are planted.
Campania’s coastline of fertile soil rich in minerals are home to an impressive range of indigenous grapes found almost nowhere else on earth. The noblest of the reds is Aglianico, used for the famed DOCG Taurasi; while the white Greco reaches heights in Greco di Tufo. Fiano is also an important grape for the region’s white wine production.
At Borsa Vini: Cantina Dei Monaci
A boutique family-run winery, Cantina Dei Monaci has eight hectares of vineyards in Campania with indigenous grapes. Of its annual 50,000 bottles production, they are known for their dense and mineral Monaco Rosso Taurus DOCG made of Aglianico, and their crisp and fruity whites of Greco di Tufo and Fiano.
Puglia is Italy’s second largest wine producing region and home to 25 DOCs. The temperate north of the region produces dry wines with impressive fruit and good acidity, mostly from the native Uva di Troia (or Nero di Troia) grape as well as Primitivo, Aglianico and Verdeca. From the hotter south, powerful inky reds are produced from Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera.
At Borsa Vini: Cantina Sampietrana
Established in 1952 by 68 vine growers, Cantina Sampietrana is a winery maintaining true traditions. They focus on producing elegant and complex wines from old vines planted in the early 1940s, which consists primarily of indigenous grapes such as Negroamaro, Primitivo, Susumaniello, and Malvasia.
At Borsa Vini: Cantine Losito
Cantine Losito was founded in the 1960s, when Giovanni Losito decided to plant quality table grape vines in the Foggia area. His son Leonardo converted all the vines to wine grape vines and adopted organic farming throughout. Today, the third generation Aurelia joins the family business as export manager.
At Borsa Vini: Cignomoro
Located in the heart of Salient Peninsula, Cignomoro’s vineyards enjoys great intensity of sunlight and cool Mediterranean sea breezes. Old vines –– the oldest vineyard is 84 years old – bring great complexity to their wines. Upholding old wine––making traditions, the family-run winery focuses on native grapes such as Primitivo, Negroamaro, Susumaniello, Verdeca, Minutolo.
At Borsa Vini: Le Vigne di Sammarco
Owned by the Rizzello family, Le Vigne di Sammarco boasts 180 hectares of vine, of which 80 per cent is dedicated to native grapes such as Negroamaro, Primitivo, Susumaniello, Fiano, Minutolo, and Malvasia. The limestone and red soil allow for the production of remarkably full-bodied, robust wines with intense and surprising bouquets.
At Borsa Vini: Menhir Salento
Fascinated by the ‘Hydro Valley’ close to Otranto, Gaetano Marangelli founded Menhir Salento in 2002. The winery is located in the heart of the historical centre of Minervino di Lecce, in the eastern part of the Salento peninsula. Here, native grapes such as Negroamaro, Primitivo, Susumaniello, and Fiano flourish.
At Borsa Vini: Tenuta Viglione
Currently helmed by third generation Giovanni Zullo, Tenuta Viglione is a family-owned winery established in 1937. Certified organic since 2002, their 90 hectares of vineyard are made up of soils of limestone with a substrate of clay. Primitivo make up most of their 800,000 bottle annual production but they also produce wines of native grapes like Negroamaro, Nero di Troia, and Falanghina.
If you are keen to get acquainted with Italian wines from the less well known Southern wine regions, such as Aprulia Taste SRLS, Noravipa and Cignomoro; as well as Puglia, and Campania, click here or below to register for our wine workshops conducted by Mr Lim Hwee Peng.
The workshops will be held at Activity Studio @ Mahota Commune (809 French Road, Level 3, Kitchener Complex) on 15th, 22nd and 29th October 2019. Workshops will take place from 2pm to 5pm.
This post was made in partnership with the Italian Trade Agency.